NACUBO Responds to Campus Accountability and Safety Act
Last year, a bipartisan group of eight senators, led by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), introduced the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA) as concerns over sexual assaults on college campuses garnered significant national attention. Sens. McCaskill and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) have since released an updated version of S. 590.
NACUBO again joined a number of higher education associations in a letter describing the challenges institutions face in carrying out current laws and detailing concerns with the proposals. The letter, similar to one sent to Capitol Hill last year, states, "We support many concepts in the bill intended to help campuses prevent and respond to these cases and provide needed support to survivors. However, improving the execution of these concepts would help the bill achieve its intended goals."
The letter addresses a number of issues including confidential advisors, memoranda of understanding with local police, climate surveys, campus disciplinary processes, and training requirements.